Peter E. Brown – Director (Term Expires 11/2018)

Peter E. Brown – Board President

Peter E. Brown was elected to the Indian Wells Valley Water District Board of Directors in November 1994. He previously served as President in 1998, 2003, 2006, 2010, 2013, and 2017 and as Vice-President in 1997, 2002, 2005, 2009, and 2016. Mr. Brown currently serves on the Finance and Water Management Committees.

Born and raised in the upper Mojave Desert, located in the Indian Wells Valley, California, Mr. Brown has been self-employed for 33 years and is owner and operator of Earth Landscaping and Maintenance. He holds many licenses and certifications which qualify him in all aspects of landscape contracting. Landscaping allows him to pursue important environmental issues dealing with water conservation. Mr. Brown married his high school sweetheart, Debbie, and they have two children, Mindy and Ruben. Hobbies include gardening, designing and building, welding and wood working and watching science fiction movies. He loves to drive his 1930 Model A hobby car. He is an active member and Paul Harris Fellow of the China Lake Rotary Club and has traveled to India and Africa to assist in Rotary’s Polio Plus campaigns immunizing children under five against polio.


Charles D. Griffin – Vice-President (Term Expires 11/2018)


Charles (Chuck) D. Griffin was elected to the Indian Wells Valley Water District Board of Directors in November 2014.  He currently serves as Vice- President and is on the Administration/Executive, Plant & Equipment, and AdHoc Groundwater Sustainability Act (GSA) Committees.

Mr. Griffin was born and raised in Ridgecrest and is a graduate of Burroughs High School.  His work began in the construction industry at an early age helping his self-employed father.  Mr. Griffin is involved and supports many local charity events including, but not limited to, the Chamber of Commerce Follies and Salvation Army’s Annual Souper Bowl Auction.  He is also very active at a local church Easter egg hunt.  Mr. Griffin is married to Ronda and together they have six children and six grandchildren.


Donald J. Cortichiato – Director (Term Expires 11/2020)

Donald J. Cortichiato – Director

Donald (Don) J. Cortichiato was elected to the Indian Wells Valley Water District Board of Directors in 2004. He previously served as President in 2008, 2012 and 2016 and Vice-President in 2007. Mr. Cortichiato currently serves on the Finance Committee.

Mr. Cortichiato graduated with a bachelor of science degree in business economics from the University of California, Riverside. He retired from federal civil service in 2004 after 33 years at the Naval Weapons Center, China Lake. He had a variety of specialist, supervisory and managerial experience in both the Human Resources Department and the Safety and Security Department. After retiring, Mr. Cortichiato volunteered with the local NARFE (National Active and Retired Federal Employees) chapter, raised funds for the Ridgecrest Habitat for Humanity, volunteered with the local American Cancer Society Relay for Life, and was employed for three years with State Farm as a licensed insurance and financial services representative. He is a member of the Board of Directors of AltaOne Federal Credit Union. Since being elected to the Board of Directors in 2004, he has worked with the IWV Cooperative Water Management Group and has served on all sub-committees of the Water District: Administrative/Executive, Finance, Water Management, Plant & Equipment, and Alternate Water Supply. Mr. Cortichiato has represented the Water District in the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) both as an elected Board Member of Region 7 and as a member of the ACWA statewide Insurance and Personnel Committee.  He is currently a member representing the Indian Wells Valley Water District on the Board of Directors of ACWA/JPIA. Mr. Cortichiato is married to Erma and they have five daughters. He is an avid bicyclist and recently enjoyed the 450-mile RAGBRAI across the state of Iowa.


Ronald R. Kicinski – President (Term Expires 11/2020)

kicinski-2-2016Ronald (Ron) R. Kicinski was elected to the Indian Wells Valley Water District Board of Directors in 2016.   He currently services as President and is on the Administration/Executive, Water Management, and AdHoc Groundwater Sustainability Act (GSA) Committees.

A native of Indiana, Ron acquired a Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana; and holds Professional Engineering License in California. Prior to moving to Ridgecrest, he had over twelve years in project engineering and management with several major petroleum companies.  During that time Ron worked on the design and implementation of water production and filtration systems for large offshore drilling and production platforms in the United States and overseas.  Ron moved to Ridgecrest with his wife, Sharon, in 1987 and worked in Trona from 1987 through 1996 as an engineer and maintenance department manager.

In 1997, Ron assumed management of TOSS, Inc., a temporary staffing firm owned with his wife Sharon.  In 1998, Ron began a new division of TOSS, TOSS Industrial Services. In June 1998, TOSS Industrial Services received its Private Patrol Operator (PPO) license from the State of California, Bureau of Security and Investigative Services.  Ron is the Qualified Manager on record for the PPO license.  In 2001, he and his wife acquired the local ServiceMaster franchise.

During his time in the Indian Wells Valley, he has been active in numerous volunteer and charitable organizations, including serving two terms as President of the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce, Business Development Chair for IWV 2000 Community and Economic Development Corporation, President of the Senior Services of IWV, Member of the Ridgecrest Advisory Committee of National Health Services (Ridgecrest Community Health Center) and six years as the President of the Board of Directors for the California 53rd District Agricultural Association Desert Empire Fair.

Ron is a 31-year resident of the Indian Wells Valley.  He and his wife have two rescue dogs that accompany them daily to the office. He is an avid reader, especially history and biographies of world leaders.  Ron carries on the family tradition of being a fan of Chicago sports teams, the Bears, the Bulls and the Cubs.


Charles F. Cordell – Director (Term Expires 11/2020)

Charles F. Cordell – Director

Charles (Chuck) F. Cordell was elected to the Indian Wells Valley Water District Board of Directors in 2012. He previously served as Vice-President in 2017.  He currently serves on the Plant & Equipment Committee.

Mr. Cordell has lived in Ridgecrest his entire life. In 1969, he began working construction with his father. He has been doing underground piping since 1980. Mr. Cordell is very active in the community, volunteering with the Burroughs Boosters, Habitat for Humanity, St. Ann’s Church, Ridgecrest A-Team, Corporate Sponsorship Committee for Relay for Life, Salvation Army, USO-Historical Society, and Friends of the Fair. Mr. Cordell said, “I ran for the Board of Directors because I was asked by the community. My goal is to bring better continuity between the District and the public. I am looking forward to working with the staff and the Board.”